MJD Foundation




We are extremely appreciative of the wonderful support we receive from our Sponsors and would like to acknowledge their contribution to the MJD Foundation.

Diamond Sponsors

Anindilyakwa Land Council



Anindilyakwa Land Council (ALC) 
The Anindilyakwa Land Council is the primary partner and sponsor of the MJD Foundation.  The ALC has committed over $2,500,000 in funding to the MJDF and has prioritised MJD in its negotiations for Regional Partnership Agreements (RPA) with the Commonwealth Government consistent with their authority as the Aboriginal cultural and physical custodians of the Groote Eylandt archipelago.  All activities of the MJDF on Groote are conducted with the advice and approval of this body.  

The ALC Chairperson Mr Tony Wurramarrba is an MJD Foundation Board member.

The ALC was a major sponsor for the 2015 International MJD Conference - Cairns, QLD

South 32

Groote Eylandt Mining Company (GEMCo)
South32 (previously BHP Billiton) is a major sponsor of the MJD Foundation. South32 provides significant financial and in-kind support to the MJD Foundation benefiting MJD clients and their families on Groote Eylandt and beyond in the NE Arnhem Land region 

=> Read more about GEMCO's ramp project

=> Click here to see footage of the ramp

BHP Billiton was a major sponsor for the 2015 International MJD Conference - Cairns, QLD

 Gold Sponsors


Groote Eylandt Aboriginal Trust (GEAT)
The Groote Eylandt Aboriginal Trust (GEAT) became sponsors of the MJDF in 2013 and provided $40,000 in funding towards the Zebra Fish MJD Treatment research in Sydney.

GEAT also sponsors the MJDF by providing office space in Angurugu, Groote Eylandt.

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Telstra Foundation
The Telstra Foundation provided financial support to the MJD Foundation over 5 years from 2013 to roll out the MJDF's iPad program and support a PhD on Communication and MJD.

See our story on Telstra's visit to Groote Eylandt =>More

Find out about Telstra's hackathon competition and the development of a speech banking app for MJD clients.

Groote Eylandt Lodge

Groote Eylandt Lodge
The Groote Eylant Lodge provides accommodation on Groote Eylandt for the MJDF.

In 2016 and 2017, they also sponsored the Alyangula Golf Club's MJD fundraiser.


National Australia Bank
NAB were a key sponsor of the MJD Foundation's "Medical Protocols" project.  This important project defines a standard set of medical protocols to treat the symptoms of Machado-Joseph Disease.

NAB was also a major sponsor for the 2015 International MJD Conference - Cairns, QLD

Sea SwiftSeaSwift
After acquiring Toll Marine Logistics in 2016, SeaSwift has confirmed a sponsorship partnership with the MJDF to provide free of charge barge freight from Darwin to East Arnhem locations.
Previously, Toll Marine Logistics (and before that Perkins Shipping) this has been an important sponsor partnership of the MJD Foundation since 2008 providing free freight for the MJD Foundation to Groote Eylandt, Bickerton Island, Elcho Island and Nhulunbuy. Toll Marine Logistics organised free of charge shipment of the MJDF's Aircraft Wheelchair Lifts through the Toll Group and NQX Shipping from Tasmania to Darwin in 2010 and 2011.  
YoungCare aims to help young people exit or avoid admissions to aged care right now. They also aim to develop viable and replicable models to solve the problem once and for all, giving young people with high care needs the choice in care and accommodation they deserve.
Because of a grant from YoungCare, the MJDF was able to install a ramp at an outstation near Ngukurr. Read more of the story here.
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McCullough Robertson Lawyers
McCullough Roberton provides pro-bono legal advice around Board governance and organisational, legal, tax and fundraising compliance.  In particular, Special Counsel Heather Watson facilitated the 2010 Board Planning Day on Groote Eylandt and presented a session on Board Governance training.


Arnhem Land Progress Aboriginal Corporation
ALPA was established in 1972 and is an Aboriginal-owned benevolent organisation which provides benefits to its members from the successful operation of community retail stores.
ALPA sponsors the MJD Foundation by funding equipment for our clients and the community on Elcho Island as part of their Benevolent Program. 
In 2010, ALPA funded two electric hospital beds for MJD clients in Galiwin'ku.
In 2011, ALPA contributed signifcant funds towards the Elcho Island aircraft wheelchair lift.

Gilbert & Tobin

Gilbert + Tobin
Premier Australian law firm, Gilbert + Tobin hosted the Foundation's Southern Launch and Charity Fundraiser event in Sydney and continues to support the Foundation through providing legal services around contracts with suppliers and disability discrimination advice.

The MJD Foundation could not have asked for better support from Gilbert + Tobin who acted in a pro bono capacity in proceedings against the Commonwealth to help win back a $10 million grant. Read more here.

Silver Sponsors

  • Airnorth donated 2 return airfares towards the Alyangula Cycling club MJD fundraiser in 2014.
  • Airnorth donated 2 return airfares towards the MJD International Research conference in Cairns in August 2015. 
  • Airnorth donated $6,000 worth of airfares to the MJDF for 2016. 
  • Airnorth / MJDF collaborated on improved disability access training commencing 2015.
  • Airnorth / MJDF launched the first of their kind aisle wheelchairs in Australia in 2015.
  • Airnorth donated 2 return airfares towards the Alyangula Golf Club - MJDF fundraiser in 2016.
CWACountry Women's Association (NT) - Groote Eylandt

The Groote CWA has provided support to the MJDF over many years including:

  • Donation of $5,000 to launch our iPad communication project
  • Donation of $2,000 towards fishing kits for ladies
  • Donation of $1,000 to sponsor the 2016 and 2017 Alyangula Golf Club MJDF fundraiser 
Darwin International Airport

Darwin International Airport - Corporate Giving Fund
The Darwin International Airport corporate giving community provided cash sponsorship in 2011 towards the Elcho Island aircraft wheelchair lift project.

In 2015, DIA CGC funded new aisle wheelchairs - the first of their kind in Australia.

 TCUTraditional Credit Union
TCU provides fee free banking to the MJD Foundation, and has been a long time supporter since the MJDF launched in 2008.
Adaptalift GSEAdaptalift GSE
Adaptalift GSE provide in-kind sponsorship to the MJDF by maintaining the Darwin airport based Disability Passenger Lift (DPL) 

Bronze Sponsors

Blue Star ComputersBlue Star Computers
Bruce Nash was originally an airline pilot and as a young man met Bryan and Kathy Massey on Groote Eylandt when he did his initial hours.
He now lives in Sydney and provides probono IT support to the MJDF team. 
Metal SignsMetal Sign & Label
In 2016, Metal Sign & Label provided in-kind signage for all of the MJD Foundation's shipping containers in the remote communities we work in. 

Workpac donated $500 to the 2016 Alyangula Golf Club - MJDF fundraiser

Eylandt AutomotiveEylandt Automotive kindly services the Aircraft Wheelchair Lift (DPL) on Groote Eylandt free of charge for the MJD Foundation


Anindilyakwa Land Council


Anindilyakwa Land Council (ALC)
The Anindilyakwa Land Council is the primary partner and sponsor of the MJD Foundation.

First Peoples Disability Network
The First Peoples Disability Network (Australia) FPDN is the national peak disability organisation representing Aboriginal people with disabilities and their families. Their aim is to be a strong voice of and for Aboriginal people with disabilities and their families. They do this using a range of strategies including providing advice to government and educating both the government and non-government sectors about how the unmet needs of Aboriginal people with disabilities can be met.


NT Library
A collaborative partnership between the NT Library i-stories team and the MJD Foundation enabled the continuation and expansion of the MJD Foundation's project Our Story, the 2011 innovative art, education, cultural and economic empowerment project.

Read about the success of this project here.

DoHACommonwealth Department of Health 
The Dept of Health funded the MJDF from 2012 to 2017 to produce a series of educational resources, as well as to provide genetic education across the NT.
 AnglicareAnglicare NT
Anglicare NT partner with the MJD Foundation on providing travel and respite trips for MJD clients and their families.
 Carers NTCarers NT
Carers NT support the MJD Foundation through small grants and providing access to their Troopy Program
Miwatj HealthMiwatj Health
Miwatj Health and the MJDF have a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which will enable the MJDF to operate more effectively in Nhulunbuy and Elcho Island and should significantly reduce our travel costs.
The MOU includes provision of MJD Genetic education and clinical education to Miwatj clinics; shared light aircraft charters; provision of desk space and a vehicle for MJD client visits to Nhulunbuy; provision of Communicare access for MJDF; and provision of accommodation in Galiwin'ku.

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Danila Dilba Health Service
DDHS and the MJDF have a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which will enable the MJDF to operate more effectively in Darwin, whilst providing benefits to our clients.
The MOU includes provision of MJD Genetic education and clinical education to DDHS staff; shared resources; and Darwin meeting room space.